Thanks to all the fashion gurus and bloggers of the internet world, we're all familiar with this wardrobe tip. Curious?
What the heck do I mean by that?
One way to conserve space in your closet or just make creating outfits much easier is to buy pieces that can be worn multiple ways. That can mean a piece that transcends genres or just a piece that works for many occasions.
Some people make the mistake of thinking that these versatile pieces can only be staples like a basic white T-shirt or a nice pair of denim jeans. While those are a must have in your closet and can certainly act as a versatile piece of clothing, you don't have to limit yourself to just those pieces.
It's always important to remember your own style and what you like to wear. Don't think a white T-shirt is something you'd pick out very often? Don't buy it. Maybe skinny jeans aren't your cup of joe. Try a boot cut, straight cut, flare, or wide leg!
Also note your body shape and what cuts of clothing work better for you. It's not just about playing by the rules.
Now, back on topic.
WHEN SHOPPING FOR TOPS/SWEATERS:
-Pick colors that complement the rest of your wardrobe.
-For me, shades of navy or aqua plus corals, oranges, or light oranges equals awesome.
-For cardigans or blazers (depending on your preference), ask yourself "what is the main color in my wardrobe? what can I wear this cardigan with?". If you have a lot of dark colored dresses, I recommend investing in a black cardigan as well as a grey one.
-A black cardigan will go with black dresses but they can also work with other deeper colored dresses.
-Sometimes, you'll have events that call for something lighter or not so formal looking. A grey cardigan is nice because the contrast isn't as stark as a white cardigan but it helps lighten up the darker colored dress.
-Likewise, if you have a lot of light colored dresses like pastels, I recommend going for a white, cream, or grey cardigan.
-I also say yes to a colored cardigan, one in your favorite color, because sometimes white on white can be a little too...clean looking. For the summertime, a bright colored cardigan against a white dress will really bring a look together.
This post is going to go on for miles if I continue with all types of tops and sweaters so I'll move onto pants.
WHEN SHOPPING FOR BOTTOMS:
-If you can't live without skirts and you attend formal events often, I recommend getting a basic black skirt that is an appropriate length for your body type. I don't suggest anything too short but that's your choice! The nice thing about medium to longer length skirts is that you can always lengthen your legs with heels so that the look can go from office to night out easily.
-Navy colored skirts are a staple because they have the potential to be dressed up but can remain casual at the same time. It's also perfect if you want to go for a nautical look or fourth of July outfit.
WHEN SHOPPING BASED ON PATTERNS:
-Polka dots will always be around. I'm convinced. Get one with smaller polka dots if you prefer looking more put together and a little more mature. Go for bigger ones if you dress playfully or plan on wearing it casually.
-Stripes are awesome. Afraid they'll make you look ten times bigger? Go for vertical ones. Or, go for horizontal ones that start near the lower half of the shirt. Even better, if the background is black! And make sure they are skinny stripes. But if you're ready to say "the heck with that!", then try a bigger bolder stripe to make a statement.
-If you're buying patterned bottoms, the only thing I would suggest is asking yourself if you'd really wear it, how often you'd wear it, and if there's more than one top you'd wear it with.
And, voila, that's it!
I hope I didn't bore you guys with this extensively long post and that you found it somewhat helpful. Case and point: shop wisely! There's no point in spending all that money if you're just going to throw it away when the trend dies down. :)
Until next time,